MLS suspends Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini amid domestic dispute
Major League Soccer suspended Columbus Crew midfielder Daniel Paladini with pay and banned him from all club activities after a reported domestic dispute, MLS announced Monday.
The league and the team are investigating the incident and will cooperate with local authorities, MLS said.
Paladini has not been arrested or charged with any crime after police were dispatched to Paladini's home last Tuesday night.
“As soon as the club was made aware of the reported domestic dispute, we immediately notified Major League Soccer,” Columbus Crew Investor-Operator and Chairman Anthony Precourt said in a statement. “We have and will continue to cooperate with the League and local authorities on this matter. We support the suspension of the player from all team and League activities until more information is available.”
Paladini has been out since September after breaking the tibia and fibula in his right leg while training.
He had surgery on Sept. 16 and will be sidelined for at least four months. He is in his first season with the Crew after spending the previous three seasons with the Chicago Fire. In four appearances this season, he had three shots on goal.
Columbus Crew lost the first leg of its MLS Cup playoff matchup with the New England Revolution, 4-2. The return leg to New England is Sunday.
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